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Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?
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Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?

In anticipation of Apple’s introduction of Siri in Chinese this year, I decided to try Dragon, a line of smartphone voice apps by Nuance Communications—the company...

The 4g Fakeout
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The 4g Fakeout

Not long ago, when desktops and laptops were the main computers we used every day, PC makers peddled what's known as the megahertz myth.

The Personalized Web Is Just an Interest Graph Away
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The Personalized Web Is Just an Interest Graph Away

You know how our social graphs are creeping into every aspect of our Web lives, from search results to coupons? Well, get ready for something a lot more personal...

Safecast Geiger Counter Reference Design
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Safecast Geiger Counter Reference Design

This past weekend marked the anniversary of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that devastated Japan.

Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History
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Xbox at 10 in Europe: How the Console Shaped Gaming History

The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated...

Was Our Interview with Lulzsec Hacker an Fbi Set-­p?
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Was Our Interview with Lulzsec Hacker an Fbi Set-­p?

In the early hours of 30 June last year, my time spent monitoring the Anonymous chat room finally paid off: "Sabu" would grant me an interview. 

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The Technology of a Better Footnote

Footnotes—or endnotes, or just notes; whatever you want to call them—are a problem. They're a problem for writers and a problem for readers and a problem for typesetters...

Tv Makers Ignore Apps at Their Own Peril
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Tv Makers Ignore Apps at Their Own Peril

Every night, I get home from work, drop onto the couch and sit there surfing the Web or watching videos on my 3 1/2-inch iPhone screen. My big-screen HDTV sits...

The iPad Is ­nbeatable
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The iPad Is ­nbeatable

Imagine you run a large technology company not named Apple.

Apple Pioneer Brings Emotion to Google+
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Apple Pioneer Brings Emotion to Google+

Andy Hertzfeld was ready to retire back in 2009, following a momentous 30-year plus career where he worked side by side with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to design...

Cyberwar Is Already ­pon ­S
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Cyberwar Is Already ­pon ­S

In the nearly 20 years since David Ronfeldt and I introduced our concept of cyberwar, this new mode of conflict has become a reality.

The Personal Analytics of My Life
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The Personal Analytics of My Life

One day I'm sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves. But because I've been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing...

Your Kinect Is Watching You
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Your Kinect Is Watching You

There is a wave of concern—completely justified, to my mind—over the privacy implications of our increasing reliance on Facebook and Google. What most people don’t...

Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization
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Jeff Jaffe Lights a Fire ­nder Web Standardization

 It's been an action-packed two years since Jeff Jaffe took over as the World Wide Web Consortium's chief executive, but more action is the order of the day at...

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Why Only Designers Can Create New Programming Languages

Compared to the versions that are hacked together late at night under insane deadline pressure, the programming languages to come out of academia are failures.

International Reactions to Google's New Privacy Policy
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International Reactions to Google's New Privacy Policy

Google's new privacy policy took effect last Thursday, following several weeks campaigning to educate users on the changes. The policy will allow them to consolidate...

The Ipad 3 and the Future of the Web
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The Ipad 3 and the Future of the Web

It's easy to mock the excess enthusiasm the tech community has for new Apple gadgets—Wow! Look, it’s a new computer! At the same time it's just as easy to see why...

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...

Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire
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Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire

It's a Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif., and there goes David Cheriton, navigating the Silicon Valley suburb's tony downtown on his bike.

Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program
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Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program

Many programming tutorials begin with basic programming principles: variables, loops, data types. This is an obvious way to teach programming to adults, but not...
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